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May 20, 2021 (Family Research Council) – We don’t agree with the pro-abortion side on much, but we do agree on this: the stakes of the Supreme Court case next October are the highest they’ve ever been. And on the Left, there's understandable panic. The “right” to abortion was never a democratically-passed law, statute, or constitutionally-protected decision. It's an invention of activist judges, and when the Court hears oral arguments this fall on why states have a right to protect women and children, the future of unlimited, elective abortion looks uncertain for the Left.
“The court cannot uphold this law in Mississippi without overturning Roe's core holding,” the president of the radical Center for Reproductive Rights said. And she's right.
For 30 years, pro-lifers have tried challenge after challenge to topple the law that's been a stain on this nation's history for a half-century. Now, thanks to the state of Mississippi and the unwavering support of its leaders and attorney general, America is closer than it's ever been to ending one of the worst human rights atrocities in modern history.
On “Washington Watch” Tuesday, former Governor Phil Bryant (R) looked back at signing that law in 2018 and how he hoped that this would be the case that finally made its way to the Supreme Court. “Many of us over the years have doubted Roe v. Wade,” Bryant pointed out, “where it came from, where is it in the Constitution, particularly when you talk about pre-viability — 15 weeks and beyond.”
To him, it's always been baffling that people wonder, “Does the state have a compelling interest in protecting the lives of children?” His answer? “Of course we do. If mothers are ingesting cocaine or other dangerous drugs, we might charge her with child abuse. If someone would fire a weapon and strike that child if the mother is pregnant at that time, we would charge them with murder or homicide. But if you decide that you want to abort that child and these organizations that stand against us say, ‘Well, it's not in the compelling interest of the state.’ You can't have it both ways. You cannot have a law that protects children in the event that some outside force would harm that child, but say it's okay as long as the mother consents.”
If the justices agree, the entire issue of abortion would be sent back to the states – where most of the country believes it belongs. “This is a states’ rights issue,” Bryant insisted. “Do I have the right to protect unborn children in Mississippi as governor? The number one responsibility of any executive, and I would dare say, also the legislature and judicial officers, is to protect the citizens… [including the] unborn child.”
Unfortunately, President Joe Biden – who campaigned on his Catholic faith but hasn't been able to locate it on abortion (and a host of other issues) – doesn’t agree.
In the weeks since the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared that the Catholic Church cannot bless homosexual relationships, calling such blessings "illicit," hundreds of German priests have defied the ban on "homosexual blessings."
Indeed, more than 500 German priests have vowed to violate the Vatican's directive which states that it is "not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex."
The fundamental reason for this, of course, is that God, "does not and cannot bless sin."
Very unfortunately, however, many illicit "blessings" have already occurred, as more than 100 locations in Germany (including 50 Catholic parishes) participated in a "Love wins, blessing service for lovers" organized by an openly homosexual German priest.
BUT, there is hope!
Many faithful German Catholics are prayerfully protesting at these renegade parishes, reciting the Holy Rosary and saying other prayers as loving acts of reparation for the illicit "blessings."
Please SIGN and PLEDGE TO PRAY in solidarity with these faithful German Catholics, to STOP these sacrileges. You may say any prayer of your choice!
Of course, these so-called illicit "blessings" are only symptomatic of the head-long plunge of the German Catholic Church into what has been called "massive apostasy," and undeclared "schism."
Observers have suggested that this pernicious deviation from the Church's teaching on marriage and on sexual morality by the German Catholic clergy was set in motion by the so-called German Synodal Path - a Church convention run by the German bishops which dissents from Catholic teaching on celibacy, clerical authority, the ban on female ordination, contraception, cohabitation, homosexuality, and gender theory.
And, many attempts have been made in the last year to appeal to Church authorities, both within and outside Germany, to stop the Synodal Path's manoeuvring against the constant teaching of the Magisterium in faith and morals.
Indeed, in the last ten days, a group of faithful Catholic clergy - including a Cardinal, bishops and priests - have approached the Pope asking him to intervene to stop the Catholic Church in Germany from crossing into declared schism.
Calling on the Pontiff to take action, the faithful group of clergy appeal thus:
"Concerned about this sad situation [the drift of the German Church into schism], we Pastors of the Catholic Church and faithful laity committed to the defense of the Truth of the Faith, ask the Holy Father to take the necessary measures to put an end to these drifts of the German Synodal Path and, if necessary, to apply the appropriate canonical sanctions against the promoters of this tremendous deviation from both doctrine and communion with the Keys of Peter."
Please PLEDGE TO PRAY for the Catholic Church in Germany, that the illicit "homosexual blessings" would cease, and that the Church, there, would swiftly reunite itself to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and Her perennial and immutable teachings on faith and morals.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Vatican rejects blessings for homosexual couples' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-vatican-rejects-blessings-for-homosexual-couples
'Priest: Blessing homosexual couples in Germany is a 'sacrilegious … diabolical act'' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/priest-blessing-homosexual-couples-in-germany-is-a-sacrilegiousdiabolical-act
'Over 500 German priests vow to defy Church’s ban on same-sex couples’ blessings' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/over-500-german-priests-vow-to-defy-churchs-ban-on-same-sex-couples
'German bishop involved in Amazon Synod will not suspend priests who bless homosexual couples' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/german-bishop-involved-in-amazon-synod-will-not-suspend-priests-who-bless-homosexual-couples
'Cardinal, bishops, priests ask Pope to stop schism of Catholic Church in Germany' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-bishops-priests-ask-pope-to-stop-schism-of-catholic-church-in-germany
'Bishop Schneider: How Catholics in Germany can remain faithful in face of schism' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-schneider-how-catholics-in-germany-can-remain-faithful-in-face-of-schism
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In a press conference after the announcement was made, Jen Psaki refused to make any comment except to say that the president is determined to make Roe permanent, no matter what the law, morality, his religion, or the American people say. “… [T]he president is committed to codifying Roe… unrelated… to the outcome of this case,” she told reporters.
“The president and vice president are devoted to ensuring that every American has access to health care – including reproductive health care – regardless of their income, race, health insurance status,” or, she added, “immigration status.”
Of course, that will be a next-to-impossible goal, seeing as most Americans – regardless of party – agree with Mississippi. Abortions after the first trimester are wildly unpopular in the U.S.
Only 29 percent of the country thinks women should be allowed to abort their babies from the second trimester on, so you can imagine what they think of the Democratic platform – and Biden's call to codify Roe – which would legalize it all nine months! It defies the human conscience, and frankly, Bryant says, it defies the law. And that's why the Supreme Court was persuaded to take this case.
“We talk about listening to ‘the science’,” the former governor said. “And that’s exactly what we should be doing here. We should be listening to the fact that a child feels pain as early as 15 weeks. We should be listening to the fact that there’s a greater risk to the mother during an abortion after the first trimester. Science is on our side, and we look forward to arguing this case.”
As Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said, “America cannot be a human, civilized society if its courts preclude lawmakers from imposing reasonable limits on the taking of innocent life.”
Reprinted with permission by Family Research Council